www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Visiting
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2004

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES CREATIVE GRANT TO STRENGTHEN TECHNOLOGY LITERACY IN CARBONDALE
‘Eliminate the Digital Divide’ Program Will Prepare Workers for Better Jobs

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod Blagojevich announced today that Carbondale will receive a technology grant as part of his Opportunity Returns plan for job creation in the Southern region.  These grants, known as the Eliminate the Digital Divide program, fund technology centers in low-income communities in order to provide technology skills training and access to computers and the Internet.  This program provides the critical skills that employees will need to succeed in today’s high-tech workplace.
 
“Building proficiency in computer use and aptitude on the Internet is really about giving people the tools they need to compete in the digital economy.  As the Southern region’s economic base becomes more advanced, so must its workforce.  The Eliminate the Digital Divide program is more relevant now than ever before because it builds the foundation for a more technologically skilled workforce, one whose marketability to businesses will help strengthen the local economy,” Governor Blagojevich said. 
 
For 33 years, Attucks Community Services (ACS) has offered education and social service programs to low-income residents and minority students.  ACS receives a $30,000 grant to provide computer skills training and individual assistance to 150 minority youths and adults.  The goal is for participants to become more competitive in employment markets.
 
“Though we have made some inroads at addressing the digital divide in the last ten years, a significant portion of the population remains isolated from technology and its economic benefits,” Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Jack Lavin said.  “The Eliminate the Digital Divide program provides access to technology, and the technology related skills demanded by today’s employers.  The by-products of these resources will be greater access to a quality education and better paying jobs, meaning long-term gains for the individual participants, as well as the entire regional workforce.”
 
In addition to providing basic technology skills training, grant recipients can provide a variety of technology-related services, including:
 
  • Access to career information, employment opportunities, and related Internet job searches
  • Computerized instruction in basic literacy skills, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language instruction, including distance-learning options
  • Professional development opportunities related to technology for teachers
  • Before- and after-school technology programs for students
  • Promotion of home access to computers
The Opportunity Returns regional economic development plan is the most aggressive, comprehensive approach to creating jobs in Illinois’ history.  Since a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development just doesn’t work, the Governor has divided the state into 10 regions – finding areas with common economic strengths and needs, and developing a plan with specific actions for each region.  This grassroots effort for the Southern region was the product of significant outreach over several months with business, civic and labor leaders, and elected officials.  The more than 40 projects that the Governor has announced for Southern Illinois are designed to be flexible and effective.  This plan is tailored to deliver real results that local businesses will see, feel, and, hopefully, profit from.


###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us